My favorite little cardboard house. Well, maybe the top 3 (Abandoned Italianate house and the Stone house with 3 gables, although the Bat Wing houses are right up there as well). I started to make it for the PaperArtsy challenge “Aqua” but I didn’t make the deadline. I wanted to do a very different roof – different color at least. You have to balance the roofs and the body of the house. If the house siding is very detailed you need a more muted roof. If the roof is very detailed, then the body of the house needs to be subdued. That’s what I think anyway.
So here is my stone stenciled house. I made the siding by painting the house with a thick layer of black gesso that was heavily sanded – just using the sand you buy in a jar at the craft store. It gives a lovely, irregular bumpy texture. It’s perfect for stone or a rough plaster.
You can find the pattern for this house on the Cardboard Christmas forum. I modified the plan to be 2 inches taller which is easy to do.
Then I used the mini-stone stencil from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide for the base of the stone. To give more dimension to each stone I painted over each of them with Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone and/or Picket Fence paint. The stones are subtle, but I love them. At first I was unhappy with my choice of windows (window frames from the Village Manor) because I thought they covered up too much of the stone, but now I think it’s perfect for this house.
I didn’t use texture paste for the stones because I have such trouble with the seams between each strip of the stencil. This stencil is much smaller than the front and back of the house. I was able to work around it with the Distress Oxide inks, but it’s much more difficult with texture paste. I will keep experimenting with it though.
The graveyard doesn’t really show up on the front. It is there just to add a little interesting detail in front of the tree. The tree is, of course, my favorite die cut tree – the Branch Tree from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. I think it is kind of retired, but you can still find it online.
The gate in the front is the Tim Holtz Gothic Gate. I cut it out of heavy cardstock and glued multiple layers together. I also cut off the posts on each side because they are too tall and I cut the gate in the middle to look like it could open – didn’t really need to do that. It would be more sturdy without doing that. I put my standard 2 pumpkins out front. The hilly base is angled such that this was the only place for the pumpkins.
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